WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) – An appeals court has upheld a judge’s decision that the owners of 16 McDonald’s restaurants in Pennsylvania violated state law by paying hourly employees strictly with fee-laden debit cards.
The three-judge Superior Court panel on Friday upheld Luzerne County Judge Thomas Burke Jr.’s decision on a lawsuit by employees who said the payroll card they were forced to use charged fees for numerous kinds of transactions.
The court says a debit card isn’t “lawful money” or a “check” under the Pennsylvania Wage Payment and Collection Law.
A spokeswoman says the franchise owners are evaluating options. They’ve said they would give employees the choice of payment by check, direct deposit or payroll card.
An attorney who represents about 2,400 people in the class-action suit says they “won a long hard battle.”